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Do SAT/ACT Scores Matter in a Test Optional World?

If standardized tests aren't your strength, have no fear!  Many colleges will remain test optional the next few years. If you want to keep all your options open, plan to prepare for and do your best on either the SAT or ACT. The college admissions landscape has...

What’s Common about the College Application?

The college application process might seem straightforward at first; you gather all the information you need, complete the online application, and press the submit button. Unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward. Here’s what you need to know about the college...

Back to School for Juniors

By the time students reach junior year, they likely know their way around the building and can open a locker in five seconds flat. However, junior year has the reputation of being the most challenging year of high school for a reason. For one, this tends to be the...

Help with High School Entrance Test Prep

If you're considering private high school for your student, you're not alone. About 10% of high school students nationwide attend private school. When applying to private school, many admission departments require test scores to evaluate where a potential student...

Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Past researchers have identified a consistent trend of learning loss over the non-instructional summer months with a decline in academic achievement during summer months. They note a steeper decline for math than reading, and a greater learning loss for students in...

Test Prep for Grad School

Pursuing a career in the medical, teaching, or business fields? Don't trash those test prep books just yet! These professions, to name a few, often require testing for graduate admissions or licensure, and we can help! We have worked with many students as they...

SAT Changes on the Way

Beginning in 2024, US students can say goodbye to pencils and scantrons as CollegeBoard ushers in a new digital testing format with significant content and time changes. The class of 2025 and beyond will be affected by these changes. While we're not sure what it all...

Factoring Test Optional into Test Prep

As colleges decide to continue with test optional admissions or mandate test scores, students aren't sure what to expect when it comes to prepping for the SAT and ACT. Should they prep for the test and try their best, or not stress it if they can apply test optional?...

Setting New Year Goals

It’s 2022! Inevitably, every New Year brings discussion of resolutions. Many of us write a long list of resolutions to share with our friends and family. A quick scan of your Facebook news feed will reveal many of your friends’ goals for 2022. Unfortunately, according...

The 123s of College Admissions During COVID

The below interview was conducted in the fall of 2020 but the information/advice continues to be relevant during the 2021 college admissions season. For seniors (class of 2022), the advice remains the same. If you have an SAT/ACT score that falls in the average or...

Back to School for Juniors

By the time students reach junior year, they likely know their way around the building and can open a locker in five seconds flat. However, junior year has the reputation of being the most challenging year of high school for a reason. For one, this tends to be the...

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Help with High School Entrance Test Prep

If you're considering private high school for your student, you're not alone. About 10% of high school students nationwide attend private school. When applying to private school, many admission departments require test scores to evaluate where a potential student...

read more

Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Past researchers have identified a consistent trend of learning loss over the non-instructional summer months with a decline in academic achievement during summer months. They note a steeper decline for math than reading, and a greater learning loss for students in...

read more

Test Prep for Grad School

Pursuing a career in the medical, teaching, or business fields? Don't trash those test prep books just yet! These professions, to name a few, often require testing for graduate admissions or licensure, and we can help! We have worked with many students as they...

read more

SAT Changes on the Way

Beginning in 2024, US students can say goodbye to pencils and scantrons as CollegeBoard ushers in a new digital testing format with significant content and time changes. The class of 2025 and beyond will be affected by these changes. While we're not sure what it all...

read more

Factoring Test Optional into Test Prep

As colleges decide to continue with test optional admissions or mandate test scores, students aren't sure what to expect when it comes to prepping for the SAT and ACT. Should they prep for the test and try their best, or not stress it if they can apply test optional?...

read more

Setting New Year Goals

It’s 2022! Inevitably, every New Year brings discussion of resolutions. Many of us write a long list of resolutions to share with our friends and family. A quick scan of your Facebook news feed will reveal many of your friends’ goals for 2022. Unfortunately, according...

read more

How About Grad School?

After four years of grueling undergraduate schoolwork, you might not want to see another textbook anytime soon. Dream job, here you come! But if the thought of job hunting right after college graduation does not appeal to you, graduate school may be the way to go....

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The Benefits of a Summer Job

On the last day of school, you can hear a collective cheer from students across the country. Two months of no homework, tests, or projects has finally arrived. For the high school student, a productive way to spend your time over the summer may be working at a job or...

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Is that a Good SAT or ACT Score?

When the SAT or ACT scores come out, we are often asked, “Is that a good SAT or ACT score?” This is a tough question to answer because “good” is very relative. Before we answer that question for a parent or student, we ask students to list their top schools and...

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Understanding Your ACT Score Report

The ACT score report provides detailed information to help you better understand your strengths and weaknesses in terms of ACT content. It’s worth taking the time to review your score report in detail before deciding if you should retake the ACT because your scores...

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Making the Most of Hybrid Learning

Seven months into the 2020-2021 school year, hybrid learning is now available for public school students across Virginia. Many students are excited about this opportunity to learn in the classroom, if only two days a week. Others, unsure of how the hybrid learning...

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Back to School COVID-Style

For many middle and high school students, these next few weeks mark the start of in-person instruction. After almost a year of virtual school, going "back" to the classroom just might be the most exciting time of the year. But before the excitement of socialization...

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Changes to the SAT

College Board has announced the elimination of the optional essay section on the SAT and all SAT II Subject Tests in an effort to reduce and simplify academic demands on students. Subject tests will no longer be offered to U.S. students and the essay section will not...

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Staying Connected During COVID

The year 2020 has brought many changes for high school students, from virtual learning to social distancing. While virtual learning has been successful for some and challenging for others, social distancing has been a struggle for almost all high schoolers. Months of...

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